Security arrangements during the Olympics

Plenary on 2012-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)


What special measures are you taking to ensure the safety of passengers on the underground during the Olympics?


Answer for Security arrangements during the Olympics

Answer for Security arrangements during the Olympics

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

London Underground has a security regime which has been regulated by the Department for Transport (DfT) since 2003, and this is being adjusted to reflect the differing circumstances during the Games. LU has worked closely with DfT, British Transport Police and other Games-related organisations to agree the required responses for what will remain an open transport system. Staff will continue to work closely with the British Transport Police whose numbers will be increased by 350 during the Games. Frontline staff are being reminded of the security activities they currently carry out on a day-to-day basis and, both office staff deployed to stations as either Incident Customer Service Assistants or Travel Ambassadors are being fully trained.

LU is extending the capability that the British Transport Police have to monitor remotely its CCTV cameras and the recent improvements to incident management response arrangements, which give LU's emergency response team a 'blue light' driving capability, will continue to improve incident response times. LU will maintain the capability to communicate to police and partner agencies around the clock and be able to respond to any changes in advice.